The overall goal of this research project is to contribute to the efficient closing of resource cycles in agriculture and forestry by transforming residues into efficient organic fertilizers. Through better recirculation of nutrients and carbon from the feedstock, agriculture-related emissions can be reduced while crop yields can be increased. The fertilizer will be produced from residues and can supplement or replace mineral fertilizers. Its use is intended to promote more sustainable farming. In addition to the environmental benefits, it offers economic chances for farmers as the dependency on commercial fertilizers is decreased and local low value feedstocks and wastes are used for the production. This process will be designed such that it can be carried out directly on-site at farm level, eliminating the need for long-distance transportation. Planting techniques using fertilized biochar have not only a positive effect on food crops, but are also beneficial for plants growing in challenging environments such as urban areas, where compaction, salt stress and drought can lead to slow growth and poor tree health. Furthermore, the fertilizer is fully organic and can thus also be used in organic farming practice.
Name: ABC4Soil - Advanced biochar based fertilizers for multiple ecological benefits in soil conditioning
Funding framework: FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems)
Duration: 3 years (start 04/2018)
Total budget: ca. 1 million EUR
Partners: RWTH Aachen, Hochschule Geisenheim University, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), SINTEF Energy Research, Ithaka Institute for Carbon Strategies, TAG Arkitekter (associated partner)
The project ABC4Soil is made possible through financial support from FACCE SURPLUS (Sustainable and Resilient agriculture for food and non-food systems), an ERA-net co-fund. We are thankful for this opportunity and appreciate the support from our funding agencies, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Research Council of Norway and PTJ Jülich.